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1553 Lady Jane Grey, daughter of the Duke of Suffolk, was proclaimed Queen of England in succession to Edward VI.

Sieur d'Iberville1706 French-Canadian explorer Pierre Le Moyne, Sieur d'Iberville died.

1746 King Philip V of Spain died.

Battle of the Monongahela1755 The Battle of the Monongahela was fought.

1776 The Declaration of Independence was read to General George Washington's troops.

Edmund Burke1797 Edmund Burke, British statesman, orator, and political writer, died.

1815 The first natural gas well in the U.S. was discovered.

Argentina1816 Argentina declared its independence from Spain.

Elias Howe1819 Inventor Elias Howe was born.

Gilbert Charles Stuart1828 Painter Gilbert Charles Stuart died.

1846 The territory of the District of Columbia south of the Potomac River was returned to Virginia through an Act of Congress.

Zachary Taylor1850 Zachary Taylor, 12th President of the United States, died.

1856 Electrical pioneer Nikola Tesla was born.

1858 Anthropologist Franz Boas was born.

1872 John Blondel patented the doughnut cutter.

1877 The Bell Telephone Company was organized.
1877 The first Wimbledon tennis championship was held.

Australia1900 The Commonwealth of Australia was established by the British House of Commons.

1901 Romance novelist Barbara Cartland was born.

1915 Germany surrendered South West Africa to the Union of South Africa.

1918 The U.S. Congress created the Distinguished Service Medal.

1923 U.S. Supreme Court Justice William R. Day died.

1932 Donald Rumsfeld, businessman and two-time U.S. Secretary of Defense, was born.
1932 King Gillette, inventor of the safety razor, died.

1933 The Frankford Yellowjackets were sold and subsequently rechristened the Philadelphia Eagles.

1938 Actor Brian Dennehy was born.
1938 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo died.

1942 Actor Richard Roundtree was born.

John H. Casper1943 Astronaut John H. Casper was born.

1944 The world's largest circus tent caught fire at Ringling Brother's Barnum & Bailey second performance, in Hartford, Connecticut; 168 people died.

1945 Novelist Dean R. Koontz was born.

1947 Football player O.J. Simpson was born.

Satchel Paige1948 Satchel Paige debuted in the majors, pitching two scoreless innings for Cleveland.

1952 Television personality John Tesh was born.

1955 Actor Jimmy Smits was born.

1956 Dick Clark made his first appearance as host of "American Bandstand."
1956 Actor Tom Hanks was born.

1961 Whittaker Chambers, author who accused Alger Hiss of spying, died.

1963 Delegates from Malaya, Singapore, Sabah, and Sarawak signed an agreement to establish the Federation of Malaysia.

1964 Singer Courtney Love was born.

1974 Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, died.

1976 Actor Fred Savage was born.

1978 A fast-burning fire swept through a crowded theater in downtown Manila, Philippines, killing 16 persons and injuring 70 others.

Voyager Program1979 Voyager 2 made its closest approach to Jupiter.

1980 Seven people died in a stampede to see Pope John Paul II in Brazil.

1987 Colonel Oliver North admitted to shredding Iran-Contra evidence.

1992 Television journalist Eric Sevareid died.

1996 Attorney Melvin Belli died.

1997 Mike Tyson was banned from boxing for biting Evander Holyfield's ear.

2002 The African Union was established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
2002 Actor Rod Steiger died.

2004 Actress Isabel Sanford died.

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